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How a Sanctioned Russian Company Gained Access to Sudan’s Gold

Sudan's government denies the Russian company’s presence in the country, which the U.S. Treasury highlighted in a 2020 sanctions notice.

A gold-trading business in Atbara, Sudan.

A gold-trading business in Atbara, Sudan.

Photographer: Simon Marks/Bloomberg

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Dozens of battered trucks laden with gold-bearing ore snake their way across the desert in northeastern Sudan and dump their loads at a compound on the outskirts of the town of Atbara.